kishtsang wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:25 am
How do you compare the 6 Wasp and the 7m Gong in terms of power? I'm looking to upgrade my quiver, I do have a 4m Wasp already
Preface: my initial goal in winging was to ride light wind days with surf, when the surf gets blown out but not yet fun for kiting. My experience so far is that sub 12kts, winging is just barely doable, but not all that much fun. EG you can get up on fol, but you're working it and you don't have enough power to be effective in downwind maneuverability, meaning you have limited power on-off switch that you want/need in surf, and getting back upwind is a challenge. So to some extent I've given up on light wind dreams -- when it is 10kts, I will either keep surf foiling (since surface conditions don't matter) or I will kite foil. [but the happy surprise: 20kt+ is way more fun winging than expected with the 4m]
But I still have the bigger wing for lighter winds. I find the 4m gets fun in high teens, so the 6m is the go-to if sub-18kt.
I started with Gong 7m, this is original v1/gen1. I found it "floppy", when pumping, the leading edge wouldn't hold its rigidity, so you lose half the potential power. This was visible from the beach, noticed by non-wingers. Answer was to inflate it dangerously hard. I suspect Gong has improved this in subsequent versions.
The wasp 6m was noticably more powerful, I'd call it "grunty" in the same way as a 16m switchblade kite -- tons of bottom end power, maybe more than you can handle! Initial days I experienced pain in lats, in pumping and sheeting in ... worried that maybe I am just not physically strong enough to handle this wing. Since then, have modified technique, the pumping is more up and down vs forward, kind of like hanging off a chin up bar. Get up on foil, then forward ... big floaty foil helps (maliko 200). And for sheeting in, the harness experiments have been really good....can feel the wind power transfer through core into the board, with arms just giving balance/steering.
I don't have any experience with the Gen2 wings from all the brands....I imagine there's been improvements.